ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

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We drove through miles of huge trees

Jerry :-)

The Eel River

This tree had someone living in it, you could see where they...

Jerry looking in before we knew, we were glad no one was...

The side had a perfect natural door for going in and out

Jerry in front for a size comparison

Huge tree at the welcome station showing age

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This sign made us very careful in the park :-)

This one too :-)

A very unusual camper, this one deserves a whole journal post but...

Inside view

He could sing like a bird :-)

Google this one, it is a very interesting story

Our next stop was a MUST DO! :-)

It was a little scary but I guided him

The mirrors were the problem

Info about the tree

It was cool!! :-)

Houses carved from redwoods

How they tell the age

A real tree house :-)

Jerry checking them out

The carved sofa inside

We had a great lunch here

It was a tiny town called Miranda, population less than 200

The Cafe had a strange fish called a Cowfish, top right!

Our next stop was Rockefeller Forest

Another huge one that had fallen

Nice picnic area

Look how tall!!

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Ollie had a short break, he was not allowed on the trails

Next was a long drive through the mountains

Look at the bridge we crossed, I was happy when we were...

After miles of curvy roads we finally saw the coast

No wonder they call them "Happy Cows" :-)

Incredible views!

Looking back at the road we just passed

Another view

The Lost Coast and the mountains meet

Cows were all over the road

We had to go very slow

We had to blow the horn to get them to move :-)

It was a long, rough drive back to town

We finally made it to Ferndale, CA ...and got some gas

Finally....Home Sweet Home!!


Today was a very exciting.... long..... day. We went to visit the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is a world-famous 31 mile scenic drive with 51,222 acres of redwood groves. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining redwoods in the world. I am adding pictures of our many stops along the way. We even drove our car through a huge redwood, it looked close, but we made it. :-) Our most shocking stop was when we pulled over to view a huge tree. After we got a closer look we saw tissue paper all outside plus a fire had been burning inside. Yikes! I guess a hiker had made good use of the huge tree.

After we left the park we decided to drive to see the Lost Coast. It was a LONG ride, much further than we had read about. The Lost Coast - even the name sounds dramatic and it was. :-) The road stretches roughly 80 miles along a rugged, lightly traveled coast backed by a dozen mountain peaks of 2,000 feet all the way up to 4,807 feet at Kings Peak. You see dozens of streams and canyons so rugged the highway builders shook their heads and went elsewhere. Of the four roads that reach this wild coast, two are one-lane dirt and all are twisting and steep.

We were not expecting such a long drive and were getting low on gas. We were very happy to finally arrive in the small town of Ferndale, California and get some gas. It was a fabulous view when we finally got to the coast and well worth the drive, but we were not properly prepared. By the time we got home it had been over 8 hours and we were exhausted. :-) I will let the pictures tell you the rest of the story. More later from Eureka.

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